Research, Carrozza inaugurates the H2IOSC meeting at the Cnr: “The new Cloud is a real challenge”

The project is part of the digital transition which also involves humanistic and cultural heritage

“It’s a real challenge” to give life to a “big”cloud‘multidisciplinary’, of free access, for researchers and professionals, which can bring the national nodes of the main research infrastructures In the humanities sector and cultural heritage sciences currently present in Italy. She was the president of the Cnr, Maria Chiara Carrozzathus opening the meeting of project
H2iosc – Humanities and cultural Heritage Italian Open Science Cloud which is held today and tomorrow, 7 February, in the conference room of the headquarters of the National Research Council in Rome.

In his opening speech, Carrozza noted that “building an open science infrastructure that protects copyright, data, and the creators of the data” is not simple. The project is part of the digital transition which “widely involves humanistic and cultural heritage” and “one aspect of this process is the construction of research infrastructures to enhance the sharing of data, research tools and knowledge in these areas” underlined the Cnr.

“At the Cnr we are in the right place” to develop this project. The CNR, President Carrozza then added, “has the skills to face this challenge”. The president opened the proceedings together with the scientific coordinator of the project and researcher of the Cnr’s Institute of Italian Vocabulary, Emiliano Degl’Innocenti.

The “H2iosc” project is an advanced digital ecosystem that fosters collaboration, synergy between disciplines and progress in scientific research, optimizing process efficiency and promoting innovation through the use of cutting-edge technologies. A unique opportunity to strengthen the centrality of the Italian system of humanistic research and cultural heritage in the international context” explained Dell’Innocenti.

Costanza Miliani, coordinator of the Italian node of E-Rihs and director of the institute of cultural heritage sciences of the Cnr, indicated that “as part of the federation project the Italian node of the research infrastructure for heritage sciences E- Rihs aims to implement the new Digilab access platform based on an interoperable cloud for data-driven research in historical-artistic, archaeological, conservation and enhancement studies of cultural heritage, following the Fair data principles and adopting an Open Science approach “.

Launched on 1 November 2022, the H2iosc project has a total duration of 30 months and relies on the coordination of the Cnr and over 41 million euros in funds from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr). The Cnr explains that the objective of H2Iosc is to create a digital ecosystem open to scholars, professionals and citizens, capable of bringing the nodes of the main research infrastructures in the humanities and heritage sciences sectors into synergy and ‘in dialogue’ cultural currently present in Italy, recognized by Esfri – European strategy forum on research infrastructure, promoting sharing and free access to scientific data.

The Italian ‘nodes’ of research infrastructures that will be federated are E-Rihs – European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science – which aggregates, coordinates, makes interoperable and accessible the best laboratories, physical and digital archives and cutting-edge technologies for cultural heritage ; Clarin – Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure – dedicated to linguistic resources and technologies; Operas – Open Scholarly Communication in the European Research Area for Social Sciences and Humanities – aimed at strengthening open science and open publishing policies in the human sciences and cultural heritage; Dariah – Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities – an advanced digital infrastructure for humanities research, providing tools, support and resources to facilitate collaboration, data access and knowledge sharing in the arts and humanities.

The Pnrr, by providing specific investments for the Social and Cultural Innovation sector, stimulates the scientific community to carry out the digital transition process, through an increasingly stringent approach to the use of digital tools and technologies for the study, management and the processing of data produced by researchers. In fact, the federation of research infrastructures created by H2iosc also has positive consequences for the conservation and interpretation of cultural, material and immaterial heritage, to overcome – through the creation of this open and accessible ecosystem of digital resources – the fragmentation of tools and knowledge with a view to the interdisciplinarity of research.

The H2iosc project involves 12 Cnr institutes and has already allowed the fixed-term hiring within the organization of around 50 professional figures and is expected to become a driving force for the increase in employment and the creation of highly qualified professional figures. More generally, H2iosc, which echoes the European Eosc (European Open Science Cloud) model, responds to the need to encourage the evolution of the European Research Area (ERA), created to consolidate European leadership in strategic sectors such as research, innovation and technological development, encouraging the free movement of researchers and aligning national policies and programmes. Finally, the pan-European network of research infrastructures provides resources, services and knowledge-based solutions and contributes to the green and digital transitions.